31 January 2014 | jrd_73
Unsurprising thriller with that early 90's look
Anyone else remember the look of those direct to VHS thrillers in the early 1990's? They were mostly directed in a flat, naturalistic style, with an occasional scene bathed in blue light to try and give the film a half-hearted film-noir look. This film, the third of the Evil Dead Trap films, has that look right on down to the big industrial fans in the background of one setting. Like most of its American counterparts, Evil Dead Trap 3 is a dull, obvious thriller. Unlike its American counterparts, this one does not even have the Japanese equivalent of Julie Strain to bust her top.
I saw the first two Evil Dead Trap movies as a college student in my early twenties. I thought they were great, stylish and bloody horror films. I re-watched them ten years later, in my early thirties, and found both films not as strong as I remembered and both severely suffering from endings that would not quit. For whatever reason (probably financial), until recently, I had never had a chance to view Evil Dead Trap 3.
To its credit, the third in the series (unrelated plots) does at least end at the right point and does not draw out its climax. That is about the only thing positive I can say for it. Gone is the gore from the first two films, which would not have bothered me if the film had been stylish. Nope, the visual style is flat, which would not have bothered me as much if the storyline had been intriguing. Nope, this film offers no surprises. I guessed the identity of the killer early on, and while, I will admit that I did not guess the complete twist, I still felt like I had been shortchanged.
The film's biggest problem is its inconsistent script. Much is made of a couple characters kendo skills, leading a viewer to expect a sword fight at the end, nope. The film begins with a mention of a poison extracted from dead bodies, but this is never followed through on. Even the student whose suicide begins the investigation is forgotten. What we have here plays like a sub-par, overlong episode of a CSI rip-off with a whiny lead actress who is unconvincing as a tough cop. There is little to recommend in Evil Dead Trap 3.